MOUNT ST. MARY'S (6-20) vs. TOWSON (15-16)
E.T. Straw Family Stadium, Emmitsburg, Md.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mount dropped all four games of its Northeast Conference series to Monmouth this past weekend to fall to 6-20 overall and 2-10 in the Northeast Conference. Zach Smith hit .538 (7-for-13) to lead the Mount in the series against Monmouth while Zane Bard was 5-for-13 (.385) in the series. Tom Healy leads the Mountaineers this season with a .341 average while Andrew Clow is hitting .298. Sam Nott, who hit a pair of home runs in the Mount's loss to Monmouth on Sunday, has a .244 average while leading the team with seven home runs and 26 RBI. On the mound, Scott Nickerson is 1-4 with a 4.43 ERA in 20.1 innings of work while Chris Campbell is 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA in 24.2 innings.
TOWSON UPDATE: Towson is 15-16 on the season after winning two of three games at home against William and Mary this past weekend. The Tigers hosts Maryland-Eastern Shore today. Dominic Fratantuono leads Towson with a .371 average and 33 RBI this year while Peter Bowles is hitting .349. Towson has hit 19 home runs on the year, with Andrew Parker leading the squad with five. On the mound, Mike Volpe is the top starter, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.61 ERA in 51.2 innings of work.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: Mount St. Mary's is 2-17 all-time against Towson since moving to NCAA Division I in 1989. Towson has won the past five meetings between the two schools, including a 10-5 victory last year. The Mount is 1-7 all-time at home against the Tigers. The last time the teams played at E.T. Straw Family Stadium was a 13-2 Towson victory on April 22, 2009. The Mount's last win in the series was a 9-4 victory at Towson on March 1, 2006.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: Brandon Scott went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, but the Mountaineers fell at Towson, 10-5, last year. Towson's Andrew Parker hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers an 8-1 advantage en route to the win. Scott hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth for the Mount. Mark Quaranta went 1-for-2 with two RBI in the loss as well. Chris Campbell allowed four runs with four strikeouts in six innings for the Mountaineers on the mound.
POWER SURGE: Senior Sam Nott hit a pair of home runs in the Mount's loss to Monmouth on Sunday. It is the second time this season that Nott has had two home runs in a game. He belted a pair of long balls in the 10-5 win over Iona on February 16. He is the first Mount player to have two games with two or more home runs in the same season since Josh Vittek accomplished the feat three times en route to a school-record 20 home runs in 2008. The last Mount player to have two home runs in a game was Shane Eyler against Quinnipiac on April 5, 2009. Nott is hitting .244 this year while leading the team with seven home runs and 26 RBI.
ON THE BASEPATHS: Jay Knight leads the Mount with 15 steals this year. The 15 steals are tied for the third-best single-season mark since the move to NCAA Division I in 1989. Matt Rueckert holds the single-season record with 18 steals in both the 1991 and 1992 seasons. Ivor Hodgson stole 15 bases for the Mountaineers in 2007. Knight's 23 career steals are good for a tie for seventh on the Mount's all-time list with teammate Nick Walker. Wayne Crowley holds the school's all-time record with 39 steals from 1997-200.
QUARANTA MOVING UP HIT LIST: Senior Mark Quaranta has moved into eighth place on the Mount's all-time hit list with 166 for his career. The next two spots on the list ahead of Quaranta are Josh Winter (171, 2009-12) and Joe Kotula (172, 2003-06). Quaranta has a .287 average with four doubles and 13 RBI this year.
GRABER NOTCHES SHUTOUT: Sophomore Connor Graber tossed a three-hit shutout in the Mount's 2-0 victory over Quinnipiac on April 1st. Graber retired the final 11 batters of the game, including striking out the side in the top of the seventh inning. He finished with nine strikeouts in the contest. It is the first shutout by a Mount pitcher since Kent Worthington in a 4-0 victory over LIU Brooklyn on May 1, 2010. The last time the Mount blanked an opponent was when Ben Smallenbroek and Dan Horner combined for a shutout in the Mount's 6-0 win over UMES on March 13 last year.
UP NEXT: The Mount has a week off before heading to Maryland on Wednesday, April 17.